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legislator and good friend, chris taylor, from wisconsin who is a quick announcement in that regard. >> hello everybody. i just want to build on and i talked to our nevada folks about this the issue that gone epidemic in the most recent tragedy and share a tactic that we are using in wisconsin that i'm happy to share with you a lot of you may have done this already. we have introduced a lot of gun safety bills including a bump stop band but we formulated a letter circulating to the entire wisconsin legislator directed at our federal upset it is an president trump calling on them to take action immediately to pass background checks in the bump stop band and to allow the [inaudible] to do the important research on the impact of guns and public safety and health. wanted to encourage your delegation to consider doing this.
i think it would be powerful every state sent a letter federally to your delegation calling for action and not just pursue these policies in your state to which is another great option but i have a letter that we are currently going to send from our wisconsin delegation if you are interested in taking that's for adopting some of that and it would be superpowerful if we had all of our delegations to deliver states, i think, send a letter calling on congress to finally act in this to act on these very, very common sense gun safety measures. see me if you're interested to see the letter that we are sending. thank you everybody. [applause] >> thank you so much, chris. we will have a copy of the letter at the table that had the survey out so that's where you can sign on if you like. let me introduce our next panel
before i do that i will say i'm sam, director of student engagement and i think you know me from previous stints at the podium in previous years but it's classic to be here in front of this crowd which is bigger every year and contains so many friends who are friends of several years now. it is great to be here in front of you all. it gives me particular pleasure to introduce the panel in the topic in this next engagement and set of speakers for number of reasons. first, we have the pleasure of having truly eminent intellectual giant, doctor jeffrey sachs who is known to most of you for his work on climate change with vice president al gore among others and if not for that his work on un sustainable goals. that is fantastic but second this is a topic that as i was just telling him near and dear
to my heart how to measure progress in the world in other than dollars and cents. something that that goes deeply to the actual quality of human existence in a particular place in particular time. it's something that i worked on off and on over the years and so is his next project is that it is great to see that start to take form in a way that his implementation and reality. finally, it was not that long ago that the state of exchange was a fledging project starting up ourselves and many of you in this room remember that and we had many partners and friends and organizations who generously give us a platform and many of you did in your states, give us platform to come and talk about what at that time seems like in some ways of our best idea that
you can build a network of progressive educators that would have power and staying power and influence and help. so, it's a pleasure to be able to pay that forward in to give a platform for another project that is aspirational and strategic and well thought out and, you know, also we hope in a way that is generally innovative and has great promise. with that, i will turn it over to the cofounder and chair of future now, adam, to introduce the doctor. [applause] >> one of my colleagues, daniel, was out in the hallway and overheard someone say if there is any penalty miss it is as one so i hope that is not true. i'm here to prove that it is in
fact not true. public officials, colleagues, friends, nick, team and state innovation, thank you so much for having us here to launch future now. future now is an organization focused on electing leaders like all of you, committed to bold, achievable goals for our country's future. the cofounders came together, professor jeffrey sachs was here today, preeminent scholar, academic and daniel squadron, former state senator and we found in future now to give political test to america's goals for 2030. these goals are comprehensive, these goals are long-term in these goals are nonpartisan. using america's goals as a guiding framework future now seeks to support candidates who signed a pledge and endorsed this broad agenda so by signing
the pledge candidates have access to donor pool, network like this, training, education and more. why me? why did i decide to do this project? most of you who know my family's last name associated with commercial success and pillage. so be it. but my family actually, if you look back, is a typical 19th century european immigrant story of my great, great grandfather clean persecution in what is now geographically the ukraine to come to the united states. he documented that journey in a book that i actually have here with me today. niclas arrived in the united states at the age of nine. no resources, no understanding of the english language, no
relationships and eventually became a pharmacist and then became a lawyer and no law firm would hire him. he was jewish so he decided to start his own called picture in picture and over a century later here i am with this book and that book ends before anyone started anything other than the law firm and royal caribbean or ticketmaster and i can only imagine what niclas might think if he saw how far our family came in what he began. for those of you who are curious this book really has two key takeaways. one, but by the grace of god go i and two, we have to remain aware of where we came from and we have to work every day to make the world and america a
better place for our children and our children's children. i felt a real ethical imperative to launch this project with professor sachs and daniel. without further ado, i would love to welcome my cofounder, my friend, mentor, former professor, doctor jeffrey sachs. thank you, guys. [applause] >> good afternoon, ladies and gentlemen. we are really thrilled to be here and we are really thrilled to be launching the future now together with you, the state innovation exchange and all that you sent. on the exchange website it says we support state legislators who
seek to strengthen our democra democracy, fight for working families, defend civil rights and liberties and protect the environment. that is what we believe is what america is all about. this what we're proposing and would like you to be leaders of this movement is to embrace clear specific measurable goals for our country, looking forward, holding ourselves as citizens accountable, understanding that thank god not everything depends on washington dc that we can solve problems in states, even when we have the bizarre situation we have today watching the battles between
senators and presidents over to her yesterday where senator corker got it right and someone missed the daycare shift in the morning yesterday at the white house, the accurate description. we can still make progress and states can be champions of this progress and the progress should come from expressing what americans want and what they need. it is true to this day that despite the fact that we are enmeshed in terrible partisan battles and are trapped by special interest the vast bulk of our country, the vast proportion of our citizens want a decent life for themselves and their children with the same values that are the impulse of
the state innovation exchange and of our thoughts about america's goals. the idea is that we can get out of our trap, boy are we track right now -- we are trapped by stalemate and trapped by politics in washington that really is cheating its lies and it's in the hands of the vested interests, corporate interest dominate, as you know very well, how else can one explain the republican party leadership trying for nine months to put forward legislation that their own constituencies despise. why is that? well, there was one on a story about it couple pics go in your time saying that our donors are pushing us to do this and if we don't do it the donors cut back.
that is the deal right now. they were so embarrassed with this legislation that they would not even show it to last minute and they wouldn't hold hearings on it and they wouldn't hold public discussion on it because they knew that it was repulsive. we want to advocate champion things that are what people really want and measuring them and tracking and holding us all accountable. i do believe is a go through these quickly that these are not especially goals of democrats versus republicans but these are goals that across society normal people want, not necessarily powerful billionaires that fund republican party and i don't know if sheldon wants this or robert mercer wants us but we can't care less whether that is
true. who cares what david and charles will want to work cares, two votes? nothing more than two votes. they can vote they cannot own our political system. [applause] let's try to help america to understand what we really could achieve. let me go through the, if the clicker will allow that. well, there we go. okay. i can barely see them. any help with this? okay. since i can't see the screen i'm coming down here. i'm going to sit with you and were going to look together. okay. so the idea is seven goals, each
of them with three targets, all of them measurable, really important. no joke, no nonsense. for example, good job. okay. three goals that one 100% of jobs should pay a livable wage and that is not true. we have today 9 million people working that that are in poverty. that is just using that on dls every month. second, everybody should have paid family vacation and sick leave. [cheering and applause] and third, that labor rights should be protected with increasingly worker representation. okay. [applause] if you look at the map basically the darker the shade the farther away from achieving those goals.
this one is a map of people living in poverty in the united states. let me show you a basic point. this is all the high income countries, for all the graphs i'm going to show you all the way on the far left, maybe not by coincidence but that is the best. okay? all the way on the far right that is the worst. look at where the united states ranks compared to other countries. for example, in people living in poverty, as measured by the oecd, the rich countries. don't tell me can't have low poverty in the united states that all those other countries figure it out and we can't? of course. this is that policies we have. not inevitability this is not the unclear global system that is so unfair to us.
they all have a system and this is unfair insider country. don't blame it on the mexicans and don't blame it on the immigrants and don't blame it on the chinese. blame it on billionaires who are so greedy. [applause] that they bought the republican party in washington and are trying in this moment to cut taxes for themselves, $1 trillion more. goal number two, affordable, quality healthcare. measurable a standard number one, universal, affordable health coverage with a cap on out-of-pocket expenses, all measurable. second, life expectancy of at least 84 years. third and hunger for one 100% of households. how come we have hunger in the united states unbelievable.
unbelievable. so you see again the states that are in darker shade farther from the school shown here are proportions of people that do not have adequate health insurance. could you do this? look at this craziness. this is how much the united states spends on health care because we've got monopolies all across the country because we have pharmaceutical prices that are out of control and we give them a 20 year monopoly in say charge anything you want and you tell us the bill. then when it is too expensive like gilead charging $1000 a pill for help seek your then we tell people that show up that are infected sorry, go home, you're not close enough to just yet and you don't qualify for coverage. this is the united states of
america not in the middle ages but in 2017. severe pain 70% of our gross domestic product for healthcare where all the rest of the countries that we compare with with higher life been ten-12%. ladies and gentlemen, that is a trillion dollars difference a year of jacked up prices in the united states. that is what that is. goal number three, investing in our children. you have to be pretty damn weird to not want your children to succeed. right? americans want good schools so target number one, one 100% completion of quality k-12. goal number two, past the higher education including technical training without debt, without debt back third, early childhood education for one 100% of our
kids. [applause] we are earning $60000 a person a year for every man, woman and child in this country, don't tell me we can afford universal pre- k. can. so this map again shows some states are close to that and other states are far behind but look at the united states. again, okay, how do all of these other countries do this and we don't do it. nonsense. goal number four, empowering people over special interests. goal number four, lipid corporate special interests spending. we know about that. target be, at least 70% voter participation in their legislative districts and goal
target number see, but there should be personal control for everyone over the privacy of their online data because we have got massive theft and massive invasion of privacy and so forth. this map shows how uneven it is and how many places have miserable voter turnout among our states. this shows where american voter turnout is compared to other countries. don't tell me can't have higher voter turnout with proper rules. with more access. trying a little bit harder for our democracy. the states can lead the way. goal number five, equal opportunity for all. equal pay for equal work regardless of gender or race. pretty simple. target number two, and mass
incarceration for non- violent offenders. [applause] and target number three, freedom from ethnic and racial profiling for everyone. and we know again there are massive daily unjustified gaps in earnings between men and women in across racial groups of course without question. again, here is where the united states stepped up and this is women's earnings relative to men's earnings. why do we have to be always at the low end of the comparison? this isn't the international system and this is us and the choices we are making it again don't have to wait on washington because states can lead the way. goal number six sustainable infrastructure, resilience and innovation.
target one, 100 roads and bridges and roadways and airports and levees should be in a state of good repair. not quite these days. number two, plans that every community should have plans for resilience against natural disasters. so sorry that after harvey hit texas and you go back how many times was houston warned that it's inevitable that flooding will come and make a plan and instead we had a governor of texas that was busy suing the epa rather than making plans for his state. i think he should just go home and apologize frankly that this is what we have when we don't have plans. enhance the scientific research and technological capabilities. for example, higher r&d spending
by states and those that are really investing in innovation are creating new enterprises and new jobs. the united states is a little better but we pride ourselves on being number one in the world. this is spending on research and development as a percentage of gdp. look at all the countries that are now higher r&d spenders in us. israel, sling, japan, austria, denmark, france, why are we falling behind us so much when this is supposed to be our specialty in this country goal number seven, clean air, water and energy. target one that all new energy investments by 2030 should be in clean, save energy. we are not investing in clean, safe energy right now that all of your states have tremendous solar and wind potential, many with hydroelectric potential, some with geothermal potential
let's hear it again for jeffrey sachs. [applause] the cofounder of the future now action i'm the one who drew the short straw but i'm very excited to speak with you today. thank you for the incredible presentations and for having us here it is an honor. i remember how excited i was when you were founded three years ago. i was in the state senate at the time in new york and it was such an exciting mission to see what has come so thank you for your years of incredible work.
they asked me at the conference last year the likelihood of being up here anything other than a state senator i would have said that was very unlike unlikely. i began realizing things were different i got invited to a holiday party. talk today by the government and looking to hang out, have some eggnog and described the legislature that never happened ever in the nine years of office. literally. i thought that there had been a misunderstanding. but it wasn't a misunderstanding. it was something else, something had happened. something changed hard to say
exactly what. the fact is people were galvanized to get involved and have an impact they were excited for the first time in public life about state government. at that party the author along with melissa walker said they wanted to make a difference in the legislature across the country. they wanted to thousand of the legislatures across the country. [applause] in this room it is no surprise just many more people have realized what was known years.
for the members and a senator both presidents roosevelt and for my home county borough of brooklyn the amazing shirley chisholm absolutely demanded of ththe membersof the assembly beg i'm not the type of new yorker that only talks about new yorkers. this is a state senator from arizona and on justice sandra day o'connor a man whose personal decency and leadership we miss every day. of course there are many others my mentor when you recognize anyone else you can message us at future now usa. scream it out, fine.
i will tell you there are no more beard like that in politi politics. they can be the great american leaders infect many already are and some go on to other jobs. but serving local districts in the laboratories of democracy and acting state policies in our federal system these are the core pillars of american leadership. now all of us know the state legislators key role in the leadership and courage it takes to deliver results is all too often ignored realities.
the pledge to achieve america's goals for 2030 where the professor inspirational he described working the future now which is the related committee we will support those that have the potential to make the biggest impact towards the goals right now. it's the reality of state government. it can have such an enormous impact. america's goals are big, bold and ambitious. they can achieve every single one of them. up here we have an example from
big actions and big impacts that have already happened. it's the issue than i do or even professor sachs. these are simply illustrations of the possibility stop prescription or the solutions. that is an important point in general. the reality, the politics, the challenges, very well require a different path and different place and a partnership to get
their. now more than 18 million workers were covered by it approaching the professor's target of 100%. they expanded what it meant to provide healthcare coverage and today it's one of the top states with a higher percentage covered at better cost and many o than e states we just saw. but it does well on his target and universathis targetin univet invested early and it is now performing well. there's another state in texas. there we go. is that texas.
mame is a state that shows that 70% voter participation is absolutely real. texas think you are not a state known for how well it ranks in the criminal justice reform but wherever you start on the list, progress is possible. texas to its credit is starting. they've had a real impact in the public sector on infrastructure. of course vermont. now there's a whole lot specific to vermont and a leader on this
admitted 2000 but that is a pretty amazing statistic. it's 100% renewable today. a major city. that is an exciting outcome. states can create game changing policy that will change our national direction. anyone that has worked at the state level knows how hard it can be especially to focus on long-term goals and long-term impact. each day, true in your state as it is new york gets filled with goals and meetings, urgent challenges and a gender that is not of your own making. let's be honest a lot of time at his issues that are on the table because they are heavily invested corporate interests that drive the conversation and so the deal. they populated and required even the most idealistic elected officials to spend their time on defense. how many of us running for office had the affirmative to and in office had to spend time
on the defense report. it's because the future is hard. it's not that voters make it hard or elected officials despite what cynical commentators will sometimes tell you. it's a system that is dominated by special interests. their short-term agenda drowns out the alarm bells of the future. i know how few were structures there are to support them in the future. the new york state senate i had a project called the nurse family partnership high-risk first time moms from pregnancy until the child was 2-years-old. it's an amazing program but its value comes in the future better school performance after 15 years bombs and their kids are half as likely to be involved in the criminal justice system than if they didn't go through the program. there are so many long-term impacts, it is eligible.
no one is against them there is no structure to help prioritized it. there's no linkage to the broader goal so by the rate at the top of the agenda the special bill for the heavy polluter who promises of jobs that we all know will never materialize and before you know it, year after year nurse family partnership and whatever programs you cared about for the future gets crowded out and it dims down just a little bit. it's time for the future to have an advocate to partner with elected officials because nothing is more important. i can't see the screen but i spent a lot of time worrying about their future and one reason that i left office to do this despite how hard it was
serving is that america's goal has given me hope. they point towards the kind of country i want to leave my children. sure it is hard. we may not get there in every state and target, but we could. otherwise you wouldn't have given up so much or made so many sacrifices to be in public service. we hope they signed a pledge to achieve the goals not because it is hard to get behind them but because it is easy. these goals reflect the values that inspire so many of you to
serve which is achieving them. representatives from across the country know best what's going to work in their districts and states. partners with the state innovation exchange are critical to translate these into policies and legislation's. the future now actions role is to provide support, follow up on each state's progress and fight back in some special interest claim that backward as forward, down is up for god has suddenly become good. future now action is here to support american leaders who want to create a better future and we start right now. thank you very much for listening and giving the opportunity for us to launch. i know we would love to continue the conversation in the social media.
i'm able to use at least one of those hand in the conference later. you had 21 goals under the seven major goals. they are ardently as you are asking people to do so i ask you what kind of sports financially and otherwise are you going to get to offset the risk. those are not policies, they are goals that we believe our shared values.
we also know and realize there's a structure in the republican party that is built around demonizing these goals so we can'canhave the clean conversat. the future now which is the political arm has endorsed ten challengers for the virginia house of delegates. i wouldn't say the actual number from the podium. one thing i want to add is that we are committed to providing also analysis, data, illustrations, policy briefs as a major component of this effort. one of the partner organizations
is for sustainable development and it will be hosting a lot of the metric, a lot of the evidence and from any state, we are encouraging you to reach out and ask questions. how can this be possible in our state under the following conditions and so forth. we aim to become a repository for knowledge and best practices and for examples and also for the kind of evidence i quickly went through that service is already being done in 18 countries so what would be the problem of getting it in hours because i think that a lot of what we read and hear a special visit from "the wall street journal" editorial page you can't do this, you can't do that without explaining the most basic fact it's already done in
most normal places and so there's a lot of lying and propaganda. but my guess is people would like this approach comes with te hard part is yes there will be attacks by specialty corporate interests which are very strong and anti-on a lot of these things giving the worst behaviors that we have not because the broad public or the voters or constituency in any way is against it, but yes it's partly the powerful interest dominating things. my hope is that by having shared the clear goals everybody says yes we can also push back much harder against the corporate interest and that is the purpo
purpose. they give technical supports, measurements, data and state level and national level compared his in ways that can also be helpful for real politicians that are facing these challenges. some of your illustrations up there i guess th the follow-up n what the gentle lady over here said, a lot of times we talk about the goals and policies and that is great and wonderful but my colleagues on the right and in addition to the financial question if you have these goals would you also be providing policy briefs and data but also
draft legislation so as an example by state relies on private prisons more than anyone else in the country coming up when you talk about criminal justice reform, i would like to know as a legislator how do you go about making that change and make that work and as a senator or are you going to be helping us with actual decision because i don't get paid and i don't have the staff at all. can you do that? >> it is an important point and we are all talking about finding the right answer because it is incredible, collective and also because it will hopefully be a partner moving forward on exactly what you're talking about, which is taking the
target. i am a bi big b. weaver in ideas and i love them. when i was in the state senate, they were a hobby unfortunately because the day-to-day of representing constituents was about getting things done and responding to the day-to-day. we want to create space to change that and push the corporate interests off the field and put on some new players like this and others to do the blocking and tackling that you're talking about. >> let me add with the sick getting on board for the individual legislators, it will be much faster for us to build teams of support to say look, these are popular, people want to know how they can be done.
this is the movement that starts today, right now actually, and in this sense the more we hear from you, that's great, but you've got to help if you're going to be able to do this. that is helpful for us to be able to mobilize more resources into say there is a love of body buying because of specific hope that is requested as well. >> right behind the gentle man that just spoke and been this way next. >> i am just trying to think in terms of the other countries that are doing a good job meeting these goals.
they are all doing these things very well. i couldn't watch fast enough to figure this out but are there some of those countries where all of the goals that are listed, some of them that are knocking them out of the park say they are doing all those things while if we can take the top five or whatever number you choose and give us a compilation to do all these things while and this is how they do it so that we are armed with not just how they do it but we can say how candidates will inform the policies very well. >> great point. there are countries that just do things well. some of my favorites are
denmark, sweden, norway. they also ranked numbers one, two and three on the happiness scores and they don't have them mucking up the politics so they don't have these powerful sawfish billionaires saying they don't have anything to do with the good society. it's the corporate special interests that hold back progress that we all want and part of the politics and get you the information.
80% of americans want this. what's really holding us back. almost every high income country has guaranteed family leave, sick leave, paid vacation time. we have none of that in this country. so they've all figured out some of these. and we have to show that this isn't some crazy idea. this is normal except here and that is part of the political change is to be.
>> we were talking about how we don't have to reinvent the wheel when it comes to some of these issues on a local level. i wear two hats today. one is as a member of the tennessee general assembly democratic caucus. in that level i have to look at what we are doing on the local levels to see those individuals who are going to eventually become state representatives and senators and congressmen. we need help on that. we have all the best ideas and intentions, but we did not have the resources neither above funding for the technical support to get it done.
it was like fighting the little kindergartner who'd gone home because all the republicans had gone and got national resources and they beat us down. and funding for some of the local races they told us what they were going to do. they said they were going to create a read to the own initiative, and they did. it's nothing we can do to stop them. another is the cochair for the national caucus state legislator since it is a redistricting
committee. every one of those values that is represented for it to come to fruition legislatively it's got to have the vote since the redistricting is critical so we got wiped out. there's nothing we can d do abot it now except go to court to try to fight about this. we don't have those resources, so i want to know if your engagement will cover these areas have nationally and locally. >> this is what we want to be doing is getting ideas like this and figuring out how to partner on them. they are the critical pillar around when much of the country is built bu that if there is
interesting that we are interested in talking about redistricting is certainly one of the targets. the founding principle here is that we need to partner with folks who are committed to these things and whose constituents are committed to these things and they are sort of alone pushing the things that are most important and most popular. there's a problem there and we are trying to help solve the problem. i think we want to say a word about the party that is not in this room.
it was once a kind of mainstream party and while there were differences, the country had you in different directions and then the republican party got taken over by some billionaire special interest and the coke brothers have been investing for a while and they are a nasty duo between the two of them they have $100 billion of net worth based on a polluting industry and bigger determined it seems to somehow keep their 100 billion between them even if it means wrecking the planet, and so they've done a lot of what you say to make this very hard right all the way throughout the country.
.. why is that? this is what should think. this is such a distortion of our politics to go so hard right that it is so phony but it's money at the top of a few huge interests lurking behind the scenes like robert mercer this hedge fund is a leader is the most right-wing. really hard right wing stuff and the koch brothers who are absolutely going to wreck the planet if they have their way. i hope that america's goals could be adopted on the other
side by normal people who say our politics doesn't have to wreck the planet and to dispossess our own voters in this i think you know, it's not your job to beat them in the election but our job as americans also is to get off this crazy path that we're on the guided not at all by the common purpose and common interest and not even by the common opinion polls of the divided country but by a few absolute rich plutocrats who are breaking up our country right now in front of our eyes. i hope that we can play some role in shining the spotlight that americans want good things in both sides and hope that there are some challengers that
will come on the inside in their primary elections and say come on we do not have to be so obnoxious and we can have normal politics. that is part of what we are hoping for as well. the point that you make is the resources needed for success these are the points that everyone has made so far. we are gearing and taking to heart that with the strong support here we will be able to help mobilize to help you. >> i will let someone in the back to mike. >> thank you. i'm patricia from new hampshire and forgive me if i did miss any explanation of how these goals were put together and my question is where there any conservative thinkers in the room was to mark.
>> did you ask any conservative thinkers? >> right. this does sound a little bit like the echo chamber. i'm all for these american goals but the majority of legislators in new hampshire government would not agree with them. >> let me say a word about that. all over the world -- in fact, all countries around the world have adopted some basic goals for the year 2030 called the sustainable development goals. even our country did it under president obama. all countries based up to one basic challenge that our economic system is not working properly anywhere in the world to achieve the combination of prosperity, fairness and environmental safety and so the
basic idea that we need to combine economic goals like decent jobs and health care for all and education for all with basic fairness standards like equal pay for equal work with environmental safety is recognized worldwide. that is the motivation for this. if you look at each one which we have done and i do for living actually the american people strongly support by large majorities these concepts. if you feel that they are controversial i would say they are not controversial with the american people. they are controversial with some powerful interests and this is really a fight about who runs
the country's, the people and their interest in their children and their interest in the safety of the community or instead is it wall street, big oil, the military-industrial complex, the private health insurers because that is why we have such a mess actually. why do we pay $1 trillion more for healthcare because of powerful health lobby and why are we and endless wars on like all of any other country we are nonstop wars and why is our military budget so huge and why are we spending so much money modernizing quote unquote these weapon systems that are modern enough to destroy all the world's ten times over because we have powerful lobby.
the goal are demonstrably shared across the society. of course we have been told know that is not achievable and that is not achievable but that is wrong. that is what we have to fight back against but who is actually telling us that these are non-american or anti- americanism for not the broad public in any one of these this is not running up against the bus stop against some special interests who have to be told go back to your place we are for the american people. that i think is the real point. >> it's also true that when you look at these goals in the american district by district political context that one thing that i think we will see and what we learn over time and i would love the feedback to keep coming in is that some of the divine is people on one side of the spectrum think they are more
realistic in a shorter-term and people on the other side think they are less realistic in a shorter-term but not that they are offensive to people's basic values into the kind of country people would like to build and there is a con going on that we can't think of a country like this unless were in one corner of the political spectrum but the fact like that and part of the role of these organizations is to help show a path to folks who might be skeptical in the kind of folks that we all need for that i needed until august and everyone else needs to keep their jobs to stay in public service that there is a path that can be consistent for their value structure in their policy structure as well because the value structure is aligned and that is our hope that this is version one and feedback is very important over the next month as
well. >> thank you very much. i'm janet from a state senator from wisconsin. the district that i represent is the largest in its very rural and when i looked at your goals i saw something that was a reflection of what is going on not only in our state with the people of wisconsin but within our effort to get reelected and that is we have populations of people that we can't reach and we can't reach them and we overlook them. when it comes to the goals i saw those people not represented because you have no reference to connectivity, to broadband and we absolutely must say that access to information and to
commerce and to the lifeblood of our nation is on the internet and until everybody has that they are not equal so i don't know if you want to put that goals in infrastructure or a quality but by god, it has to be in their. [applause] >> bravo. phenomenal. >> but second -- >> i the way, phenomenal and it was on the list and when we try to make three for each of these and fell off of the list. it's a wonderful point you're making in exactly the kind of feedback and thank you. >> but i have a question here. i really do have a question. >> but your comment is fantastic. >> well, thank you. but is there a way that we can take what your goals are into
how we reach out to those people that we have overlooked and i call them the ones we overlook because there is such a vast population of people that we truly just look over and we think those aren't our voters and we look over them. i think about my colleague from wisconsin, gary, where are you gary? okay. he is saying to me on the floor of the state assembly a song and your member the song gary? red solo cop. okay. red solo cop. who knows what a red solo cop is? i would dare say that most people in the beltway do messaging for progressive people, for progressive don't
know what the hell a red solo cup is and until they do, we will not win. we have got to get red solo cup messaging out of the dnc. we have to. thank you. there is my question. can we do that? >> phenomenal. could i make one suggestion? first, this type of feedback is invaluable, second, part of the idea is if you look at the goals every one of them is stated for everybody so that nobody is overlooked but if you as a state legislator state look, i am for universal health coverage but we are never going to do it if the internet doesn't reach this district you can that also is part of the solution to the
problem and we can help support you on that is part of the solution. both to put them in the goals and i love the suggestion. but also to say that this is not a policy list but a set of objectives that express the values of the american people that we can achieve and part of the job that together we can do and you as leaders in legislation can do is say we adopt these goals but to achieve them we need connectivity and if we don't have that there's no way that will be successful. >> just to be clear as a public official speaking it felt it didn't fell off the list but fell into other parts. we felt that universal button was implied by other targets and your point was well taken because we had extensive conversation about it. we appreciate that. also, when i was in the state
senate my district i represented lower manhattan and part of brooklyn and this is a tight partisan split and i spent a lot of my time talking to colleagues from other parts and there's some other state districts and been able to figure out what is the unifying path for us was a huge challenge and all i can say is i can't do that alone so don't know if you're volunteering but exactly how to line up these goals and targets with your district because your district is not just your district but it's elected in a large portion of districts around this country and the work you do the gentleman from last process which can help someone from the side and i apologize for not been able to see and that is the process of working arm in arm. >> i think we are close to having to finish up or even past having to finish up.
i will have to go because i'm flying to europe but thailand they will ask me does america believe in its future so what do you think mr. mark. [cheering and applause] i'm going to see pope francis in a few days and will ask me if can america and poverty in ensure access to everybody for healthcare and education -- what do you think? [cheering and applause] could we make the goals achievable? is a possible? [applause] if you can help, raise your hand. i need to take a picture to have. exactly. some people's hands are not raised [-left-square-bracket all right. that is pretty good. wait a minute. all right.